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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

zlives wonder who will be the first (68 comments)

to implement the anal probe functionality. I know the idea is rather old at this point. Clearly the populace is not vocally butt-hurt enough just yet about the lack of privacy, or maybe they are and we just need the data about their sphincter tightness... in the cloud aggregate database gathered by the APF module.

3 hours ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

zlives Re:Um, how is this news? (155 comments)

because there hasn't been a Tesla Advertisement (news) within the last 24 hours.
also bitcoin

3 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Motherhood. The Non-Job. (246 comments)

As i said, more of a comment on society as a whole rather than the corporation itself.

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:It's a TRAP! (246 comments)

wonder if they can just freeze me for the next 40 years... let my 401 mature and unthaw me.
hmmm they could just offer this AS the retirement plan. we invest your last paycheck, freeze you until its worth something. Yes your whole family is dead by the time we thaw you, but at least your eggs/future children will be thawed with you :)

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Wow! (246 comments)

we have your eggs, get back to work

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Because studies show ... (246 comments)

but...but you are promoting a healthier social society rather than a more profitable corporate infrastructure.

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Motherhood. The Non-Job. (246 comments)

more of a comment on society as a whole.

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Motherhood. The Non-Job. (246 comments)

Yes, the "good reasoning" is that raising children is less important than corporate profits.

5 days ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

zlives Re:Captchas! (98 comments)

oh I thought they were claiming that the recognition was done by Al, Not AI.

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Enterprise backup (246 comments)

clearly I don't make the money I do for my typing skills... wish I was a programmer or some such so I could enable the editing feature on this site.

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

zlives Re:Enterprise backup (246 comments)

you can equal pay if you freeze the eggs and don;t take maternity leave?!!!

5 days ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

zlives Re:Captchas! (98 comments)

i think we are ok until they teach it to recognize hand written "I vs l"

5 days ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

zlives Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

they also noted the usage of cursing at MS increased along with banging at the keyboards

about three weeks ago
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

zlives Re: We are fucked (126 comments)

If only there were some way to download games offline, at a speed which doesn't particularly matter whether it's fast or not, rather than streaming them.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

zlives Re:WTF? (189 comments)

i too can attest to both functionalities

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

zlives Re:Time gap in CV (479 comments)

privately consulting

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

zlives Re:You sound awfully concerned about (342 comments)

"but I doubt we'd go extinct"
the fuck you say man, we need to get working on that right away

about a month ago
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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

zlives Re:Good (126 comments)

i guess they are tired of paying lawyer fees to pretend to fight the usgov

about a month ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

zlives Re:PHONES YOU IDIOTS (130 comments)

not true, also you can turn off /leave behind your cell phone.

about a month ago

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Face Book buying Occulus rift

zlives zlives writes  |  about 7 months ago

zlives (2009072) writes "i mean there is a shining example of trying to polishing a dead turd.

"Facebook has announced it will buy Oculus VR, a Californian company which specialises in virtual reality products, for around $2bn (£1.2bn).""

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Tesla updates Model S software as a precaution against unsafe charging

zlives zlives writes  |  about 10 months ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Tesla Motors has maintained that the most recent fire involving one of its Model S electric vehicles isn't the result of a vehicle or battery malfunction, but the company is still addressing the situation with a software fix, according to Green Car Reports. The California-based automaker has added a software function that automatically reduces the charge current by about 25 percent when power from the charging source fluctuates outside of a certain range, Green Car Reports says, citing the Twitter feed from an Apple employee, @ddenboer, who owns a Model S. You can read the text of the update below."
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From the horses mouth: Shell predicts the future

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Oil company predicts gas-powered cars will be 'nearly' gone by 2070 [w/video]

By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil-free. The oil giant is trying to understand the future (who isn't?) and to do that, it envisioned two possible futures, one called "Mountains" and the other "Oceans."

The two scenarios have some things in common: the idea of a world population at nine billion by 2050, increased prosperity and global energy demand. Given those situations, what's the world going to come to? No one knows for sure, but here are Shell's guesses, in short:

You can get the full 48-page PDF http://s01.static-shell.com/content/dam/shell-new/local/corporate/Scenarios/Downloads/Scenarios_newdoc.pdf and see a short video below. A key prediction comes on page 20, in a section called "A Changing Transportation Infrastructure." The long-term view is that:"

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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Timing To Less Than Federal Guidelines - Red Light

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year and a half ago

zlives (2009072) writes ""Red light cameras generated more than $100 million in revenue last year in approximately 70 Florida communities, with 52.5 percent of the revenue going to the state. The rest is divided by cities, counties, and the camera companies. In 2013, the cameras are on pace to generate $120 million."

I wonder what the camera company cut is?"

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Assasin's Creed Patrice Desilets fired, intends to 'fight Ubisoft vigorously'

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year and a half ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Assassin's Creed creator and game designer Patrice Desilets has been fired by Ubisoft, Desilets told Polygon today.
"Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft," Desilets told Polygon. "I was notified of this termination in person, handed a termination notice and was unceremoniously escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings.""

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headlights that make rain invisible

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year and a half ago

zlives (2009072) writes "According to CNET, the headlight uses a camera housed within the headlight assembly to detect rain (and presumably snow or hail) as it falls, and then it uses a processor to anticipate the path of the rain. Finally, the actual light is created by a projector, which uses the information supplied by the processor to block out the pixels where the rain is expected to be. This technology, as you can see in the image above, should help improve visibility since there will be less light reflected back at the driver by raindrops."
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Audi Parks car in the parking lot automagically. at CES

zlives zlives writes  |  about 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Installed on this Audi A7, Piloted Parking allows a driver to drop themselves off and have the car autonomously drive away on its own and find its own parking spot. The car can then later be retrieved by "calling" it back with a specially designed smartphone app."
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Successful Project Eternity by Obsidian Entertainment : 5days to go

zlives zlives writes  |  about 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Project Eternity is an isometric, party-based computer RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment.

Obsidian Entertainment and our legendary game designers Chris Avellone, Tim Cain, and Josh Sawyer are excited to bring you a new role-playing game for the PC. Project Eternity (working title) pays homage to the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.

Project Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPG's that we enjoyed making — and playing. At Obsidian, we have the people responsible for many of those classic games and we want to bring those games back and that’s why we’re here — we need your help to make it a reality!

Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment."

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Back to the Future GTAIV style

zlives zlives writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "There are an abundance of modifications available for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV, but few are excellent as the example found in the video below. A fan of both the car-thieving game series and the Back to the Future movie franchise managed to bring his two loves together by crafting a Marty McFly skin for game's Niko character. That's hardly impressive, but whipping up an accurate recreation of Doc Brown's time-travelling DeLorean DMC-12 in the game is something else entirely. YouTube user seedyrom34 has developed a detailed vehicle skin complete with an interior with a working flux capacitor."
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Ask Slashdot: Is droid/apps reading your emails

zlives zlives writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "I know there is no expectation of privacy with a gmail/hotmail/whatever.com email. However If you use a Droid/iPhone with Active-sync corp email. Apps and OS have the capability to read those emails? Does Google or Apple explicitly say that they do not? What kind of issues should I be aware of with 3rd party apps and AS email account containing HIPPA sensitive emails. Are there options to make this workable in a secure fashion... or should I dust off the old BB"

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